State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro, said Monday she is indecisive about who should represent the 23rd Congressional District now that Republican Diedre Scozzafava has dropped out of the race.
"You know when I get into that booth tomorrow (Tuesday) I'll make my decision," said Sayward, an early and vocal supporter of Scozzafava's, a fellow Assemblywoman who dropped out of the race on Saturday and endorsed Democratic candidate Bill Owens on Sunday.
Scozzafava dropped out of the race after a recent Siena College poll showed her running a distant third behind Conservative candidate Douglas Hoffman, an accountant from Lake Placid, and Owens, a lawyer from Plattsburgh, in the special election to fill the seat vacated when John McHugh was confirmed as secretary of the Army.
"Dede is a very dear friend of mine. Unfortunately, today I am really wrestling with that whole issue," Sayward said in a telephone interview on Monday. "I certainly would have wished that she hadn't come out in support of the Democrat. That I will say strongly."
The race has drawn national attention, as conservative figures in the Republican party, such as Sarah Palin and Fred Thompson, lined up behind Hoffman, claiming that Scozzafava was too liberal because of her support for abortion rights and gay marriage.
Sayward also supports gay marriage.
The 23rd District includes all or parts of 11 counties, including all of Hamilton County and part of Essex County, including Willsboro, where Sayward lives.
State Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury, issued a statement on Sunday endorsing Hoffman.
"On the issue that matters most in this election - the economy - Doug Hoffman has the right ideas and the right experience," Little said.
Little lives outside the 23rd Congressional District, but represents several of its counties in the state Senate.